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Miniature Carousel Builders Corner

This month's carousel art is a beautiful example of craftsmanship by Walter Kohler of Maryland, a charter member and Treasurer of the Miniature Carousel Builders organization. Walt is a wood carver and, except for the motor, the entire carousel is made of wood, including the carved gears. In 1994, after six months, Walt completed this fourth of eight carousels which was displayed at the Valley Mall, Hagerstown, MD in June 2003.


Also, Walt carves canes, detailed-scaled model trains and has made display tables for his carousels of cherry, and walnut woods.


  • Base: 24" hexagon
  • Carousel: 20" Diameter; 2' Height
  • Six sweeps, two rows
  • Type: Overhead Crank Type
  • Lights: 2, clear
  • Original Design

This carousel features twelve hand-carved horses with hair tails, and two hand-carved chariots. The horses are painted by Walt's wife, Kathryn. The rounding board displays wooden brooches and molded lion heads. Wooden cut-outs of carousel horses are featured on the scenery panel.


One of the pictures contains a cut-out view illustrating the all wooden-gear drive.

The Kohlers have displayed their carousels in public schools, church, nursing homes and shopping malls.

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